Archive for November, 2013

Atheistic Faith

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. The leader of a Christian-teen meeting leading a role-playing activity Mario: Alright Octavia, you’re up. Octavia: Cool! Mario: Okay. I’m an atheist that you’ve met at school. I’ve agreed to hear you out about God, but you don’t have a lot of time before your next […]

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Believing the Unprovable

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. An atheist and a Christian waiting to go on a cemetery tour Gloria: Thanks for coming with me on this. These things are always more fun with someone else. Heidi: Any time! I’d have done this years ago if I knew about it. I am kind […]

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm by ideclare · Permalink · One Comment
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Why Care?

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. Two Christians walking by a thrift shop Whoopi: Look in the window — it’s a Holly Hobby! Van: Wow. I don’t think I’ve seen one of those in 30 years. Whoopi: I used to have one. She was about my height at the time. I wish […]

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Sarah Palin’s Christmas: Final chapters

My notes on “Who’d Make Up a Story Like That?” and “Recipes” the final two chapters of Sarah Palin’s new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. Even after reading this you might respond too tersely to someone who wishes you “Happy holidays,” instead of returning a nice, simple “Merry Christmas.” […]

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Sarah Palin’s Christmas: Chapter 6

My notes on “Double… Standards,” chapter 6 of Sarah Palin’s new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. The two visions of Christmas Yet to Come I am about to show you are wildly different. Let’s start with the first, which I’ve dubbed the “Vision of Christmas Yet to Come… if […]

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 10:58 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Hidden Doubts

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. A Christian talking to her daughter’s boyfriend in her living room Eleanor: Deborah should be out in just a few minutes. Farley: Thanks, Mrs. Clark. Eleanor: I hope you don’t mind, but I’d like to ask you something while we wait for her. Farley: Sure. Eleanor: […]

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Assuming Atheism

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. An atheist and a Christian sitting on the beach Fabian: It’s been a nice day. Grace: It’s been pretty perfect. Fabian: I appreciate your just letting me relax. I know you prefer running around and having long conversations, but I really wanted to just sit in […]

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Sarah Palin’s Christmas: Chapter 5

My notes on “Bad News, Good News,” chapter 5 of Sarah Palin’s new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. Our second president, John Adams—who was present at most every key moment in the formation of our nation—wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is […]

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Never Enough Proof

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. An atheist and a Christian walking down the street after seeing a near-miss traffic accident Liam: Did you see that? That car almost hit her! Marissa: Why’s she in the middle of the street? Liam: I don’t know. What a moron. She almost got creamed. Marissa: […]

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Sarah Palin’s Christmas: Chapter 4

My notes on “True Grit,” chapter 4 of Sarah Palin’s new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. Since you’re always going to offend somebody, you might as well do what’s right. [Kindle location 1008] What if “what’s right” is offending as few people as possible? What did we learn? The […]

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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